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Express Withdraw from ECHL

April 6, 2012 - ECHL (ECHL) Chicago Express

Hoffman Estates, IL - The Chicago Express have announced today that they are withdrawing from the ECHL, effectively ending the Chicago Express organization immediately.

"Although the Chicago Express are ceasing operations, on behalf of the staff and players, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation for all the support we received from the Village of Hoffman Estates, Global Spectrum, our business and community partners, our corporate sponsors, and especially, our fans," said team owner Craig Drecktrah. "I would also like to thank our ECHL partners, and wish good luck to those teams participating in the 2012 Kelly Cup Playoffs."

Vouchers for Chicago Express Youth Jerseys can continue to be redeemed at the Sears Centre Arena Box Office. Please make sure to have your voucher with you upon jersey redemption. The vouchers expire on June 1, 2012, and after that date receipt of the jersey can no longer be guaranteed.

The team competed in its first season this year, collecting a record of 34-26-8-4 for 80 points. They finished tied for eighth in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but were beaten out for the final playoff position by the Reading Royals due to Reading owning the tie-breaker. All press inquiries should be directed to info@chicagoexpresshockey.com, or call 224-220-1333.

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